A battered looking Sea Harrier FRS1 ZE698 sits it out in the rain at Fairford 1993 on the Saturday morning
Saturday morning and the only really hooky weather of the weekend. The rain cleared for the flying, and the show had a participation list (flying and static) that would make most today cry for those days gone by: –
Oh yes, BEAR!!!
F-14 Tomcat (yes you read that right)
A-6E Intruder (again, no typo there)
FIAT G-91 (both in special colours, 1 chrome, 1 tiger)
Aussie F-111 (with burning show as well)
US Army Wokka
Orange German Canberra
Fishbeds (yes ssssss, not just the one)
Israel AF Westwind
Yellow,Cammo, and Royal flight RAF Wessex
KC-137 Brazilian AF
Mig 29 crash with a thankfully safe outcome for all who witnessed and were involved in it
The list really was endless, and as you can see in the background of this shot took up all of the hard standing as opposed to just some of it.
Now I hate to jump on the proverbial band wagon but when people are slating RIAT (more and more) for the way the show has become a shadow of its former self…………………..
You know where this is going so I’ll stop there.
The weekend was an absolute corker, types present, the number of aircraft on site, and (not that you’d grasp it from this picture) the weather. Once it brightened up it was a great one, and a memory (as with all air tattoos of the period) that you just kind of never forget!!
This shot was scanned from the original print printed in 1993 so apologies are given for the quality.
The ‘SHAR’ in question became an F/A2 in 1995 and took part in its last operational cruise with 800 Sqn in Ark Royal in 2004, staying with the Squadron until disbanding. I believe it currently resides at Charlwood in Surrey with Aerospace Logistics but my last info was from November 2010 so if an update is required please feel free to send across details.